I’ve read this book last year. And I decided that I would reread a book per month. I picked this one. Moreover, I wanted to post a decent review because this is one of my favorite 2014 reads.
Goodreads’ summary : Anna is happy in Atlanta. She has a loyal best friend and a crush on her coworker at the movie theater, who is just starting to return her affection. So she’s less than thrilled when her father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year.
But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna meets some cool new people, including the handsome Étienne St. Clair, who quickly becomes her best friend. Unfortunately, he’s taken —and Anna might be, too. Will a year of romantic near misses end with the French kiss she’s waiting for?
Utterly Brilliant. Perfection.
Stephanie Perking writing is so good !
This book is full of cuteness, romance and friendship. I can’t deal with that much cuteness. The characters are so appealing, you can’t not love them. All of them. (except for the jerks ones). They have flaws, are far from being perfect which make them so real and loveable. That’s why this story is so appealing, you can totally relate to the characters. Pieces of their lives and of their thoughts made me remember of my own experiences and memories.
Everything seems so real in this book. You can totally relate to Anna’s struggle not to fall in love with Etienne, or Mer’s longing for example. You can see Anna is totally in deny, that almost from the beginning she has fallen deeply and irrevocably in love with Etienne.
But there’s more than Anna and Etienne love story. It’s about friendship, dealing with family issues and growing up.
The characters are all making mistakes but are learning from them.
It was also nice that the story set up in Paris, to read about stuff, and places that I know. To read french words here and there.
Let’s talk a bit more about characters:
– Anna is such a great character. She is so lost until she finds her new friends and the love of her life. Still, she’s got this armor, she won’t let him in. Because she doesn’t want to suffer more than she already did.
– Etienne is both nice and kind of a bastard too. Because he stayed with Ellie despite his growing feelings for Anna. That’s not fair for both girls. And yet, with his family life it’s somehow understandable.
– Meredith is also a very interesting character. The sidekick sometimes forgotten.
– Josh & Rashmi are the “good friends” but aren’t a wallflower neither. That’s what is really great, too. They aren’t MC but they hold a pretty important place.
The story is so nice, and that’s so easy to forget that you’ve been reading for hours !
I would highly recommend this book to everyone who wants to read something light, full of cuteness with really funny characters.
For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.